Ever since Showtime aired THE TUDORS, I've been fascinated with Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, descended from English kings on both sides of his family and condemned to death by Henry VIII on trumped up charges of treason (by the way, I think Henry VIII was a fat fucking asshole).
Anyway, David O'Hara portrayed Henry Howard in THE TUTORS and he was magnificent. After doing some research, I come to find that Howard, along with Sir Thomas Wyatt, are considered the "Fathers of the English Sonnet".
Indeed! Here's one of Howard's sonnets:
by Henry Howard (1516 – 1547)